(My notes and thoughts from the Sunday sermon)
Jesus, on his first sermon in the synagogue in his public ministry quoted the first two verses from Isaiah 61 – (in reference to Him as the Messiah) declaring the Year of the Lord’s favor. In my traditional blog entry every 31st of December, this was what I have declared as we ushered in 2013. The year 2012 was a year of bondage for us – in finances of our former business endeavor, health and to some extent, to our relationships. Two more months and we end the year, and God has been miraculously restoring what was lost, rebuilding the ruins, renewing bonds of faithfulness. We have yet to see the end but as we wait expectantly, we receive a double portion of joy indeed!
Yesterday, in the sermon of the pastor in “The God Nobody Wants ” preaching series (know more about God’s attributes and some resources, here) , he noted that Jesus stopped at the 1st half of the 2nd verse in Isaiah 61. Yes, we have a just God who judges impartially and correctly . He is also the one who brings justice in behalf of His people. Jesus, when he started talking in that pulpit, proclaimed the year of the Lord’s favor but didn’t declare vengeance because He took it upon Himself to be the vengeance for us. The justice of God was satisfied, once and for all, when He was hung on the cross and bled for us and for all our sins to be forgiven. Here is a Just God whom nobody wants, yet offers His life selflessly for the love of mankind.
Declare the jubilee!
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor”